Sam Reinhart (2014, first round) scored twice in his Western Hockey League season debut on Friday to earn the game's first star as the Kootenay ICE held on for a 4-3 victory over the defending WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
Reinhart wasted little time making his presence known, scoring on his first shift just 32 seconds into play when he jammed a puck into the net from the edge of the crease. He’d again provide a quick strike to start the second period, picking a short side corner from a tough angle while on a two-man advantage 21 seconds in to give the ICE a 2-1 lead.
Reinhart, who also picked up an assist in Saturday’s shootout victory at Swift Current, has three points through his first two games. He scored 105 points last season, and there’s no question that the ICE captain will continue to carry the offensive load as the club looks to quickly scramble their way out of last place in the league standings.
Kootenay is off until the weekend when they’ll face Calgary (Fri.) and Lethbridge (Sat.). But first, Reinhart will serve as captain of Team WHL when the 2014 Subway Super Series gets underway against Team Russia on Monday and Tuesday.
Justin Bailey (2013, second round) went to the slot for his 10th goal of the year and added two assists as Kitchener blasted Peterborough 8-2 on Friday. Bailey, who was held without a point for just the second time this season in Saturday’s overtime loss at Plymouth, finished Kitchener’s three-game weekend with one helper in the Rangers 5-4 overtime loss at Saginaw on Sunday. Bailey continues to lead the team with 10 goals and 22 points in 16 games.
On Friday, Brendan Lemieux (2014, second round) scored off a big one-timer as part of a two-point night in Barrie’s 9-2 drubbing of Sudbury. The aggressive winger was kept off the scoresheet on Saturday as the Colts were hammered 8-3 at Sault Ste. Marie. Stepping up his game as a hard-working puck hound, Lemieux has amassed nine goals, including five with the man advantage, and 16 points through 15 games.
Eric Cornel (2014, second round) ended a six-game drought Friday when he battled down low for a third-period goal in Peterborough’s 8-2 loss to Kitchener. On Sunday, Cornel was unable to connect as the Petes were manhandled for the second straight game in a 6-1 loss to Oshawa. The Kemptville, Ont. native has collected 14 points (5+9) in 16 contests.
A night after being blanked in the big loss to Barrie, Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) notched a pair of primary assists in the final three minutes of regulation on Saturday as Sudbury clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit to earn a 7-6 overtime victory over Belleville. The helpers give Baptiste eight points (4+4) in seven games since returning from injury.
Vaclav Karabacek (2014, second round) snapped a four-game funk with his fifth goal of the year as Gatineau was defeated by Charlottetown 4-1 on Friday. The Czech winger returned to action Sunday, posting five shots on goal in a 4-2 loss to Baie-Comeau. A 21-goal scorer last season, Karabacek has struck just twice in his last 13 games.
Swift Current defenseman Brycen Martin (2014, third round) recorded one assist last week as the Broncos won once in three tries. The 6-foot-2 rearguard has gathered seven helpers while going without a goal in his first 21 outings. Last season, Martin’s longest goal drought lasted 21 games as he finished the season with a total of six.
Hudson Fasching scored his fifth goal of the year on Sunday as No. 1 Minnesota defeated Notre Dame 4-2 to earn the sweep of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge series. Following a faceoff win, Fasching set up back door on the power play and finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play to make it a 2-0 game at 6:24 of the opening period. On Friday, Fasching entered the zone with speed down the middle of the ice to set up a goal as the Gophers opened the series with a 5-0 shutout of the Fighting Irish.
Christian Isackson (2010, seventh round) continued to receive limited fourth line minutes, finishing with three shots on goal and a plus-one rating in Minnesota’s sweep of Notre Dame. The senior centerman will continue the search for his first point of the year on Friday when the Gophers face Minnesota-Duluth.
Notre Dame goaltender Cal Petersen (2013, fifth round) earned his fourth straight start Friday, making 39 saves in the 5-0 road loss to the top-ranked Gophers. Petersen returned to the crease on Sunday, but allowed three goals on nine shots in the opening period before being replaced by Chad Katunar as the Irish were swept in a 4-2 loss. The freshman stopper is 3-3-1 through his first seven starts while posting a 2.50 GAA and .925 save%.
Connor Hurley (2013, second round) was kept off the scoresheet in the weekend losses and has now gone without a point in four straight contests against ranked opponents. The Fighting Irish’s third line center, Hurley has a goal and four assists through his first nine games as a collegian. Notre Dame will look to get back in the win column next weekend when they visit Merrimack.
Judd Peterson (2012, seventh round) logged two shots on goal over the weekend as No. 6 St. Cloud State was swept for the first time this season with 3-2 and 3-1 losses to unranked Minnesota-Duluth. The Huskies will look to get back on track Friday at Western Michigan.
Anthony Florentino (2013, fifth round) was held pointless in back-to-back games for the first time this season as No. 10 Providence split a pair of games with Merrimack. The sophomore defender is tied for second in team scoring thanks to a team-best four assists.
Providence fifth-year senior Mark Adams (2009, fifth round) resumed his role on the Friars’ third defensive pair with freshman Jake Walman (STL) in the series with Merrimack. Providence next hosts Vermont for a Hockey East set starting Friday.
Brad Navin (2011, seventh round) was unable to produce as Wisconsin extended their losing streak to six games with a pair of losses to No. 2 North Dakota. Navin has one of the seven goals that Wisconsin has scored through their first six games. The Badgers get a week off before taking a trip west for tilts against Colorado College and Denver beginning Friday, Nov. 21.
In the ECAC, Max Willman (2014, fifth round) went without a point over the weekend as Brown dropped a pair of home games to St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The second-line winger has scored one goal through his first three games while his 10 shots are currently second-most for the Bears.
Sean Malone (2013, sixth round) remained out of the lineup with an injury as Harvard blanked RPI 4-0 on Friday and played to a 2-2 tie at No. 8 Union on Saturday. The Crimson return to action this weekend with a pair of home games against Brown (Friday) and Yale (Saturday).
Christopher Brown (2014, sixth round) scored a power-play goal on one of his five shots as Green Bay skated to a 3-1 win at Waterloo. The 18-year-old forward has a team-high five goals and eight points in his first dozen games for the Gamblers, who are off until Friday when they face expansion Madison.
U20 4 NATIONS CUP
Victor Olofsson (2014, seventh round) scored a pair of goals Saturday as Sweden concluded the U20 4 Nations Cup with a 4-1 victory over Russia to capture the tourney’s top spot. Olofsson’s two goals tied for the tournament lead to keep the speedy trigger man firmly on Sweden's World Junior radar. The 19-year-old winger, who went without a point in earlier wins versus the Czech Republic and Finland, averaged 13:46 of ice time per game at the event. He has 12 points (6+6) in 18 games this season for MODO of the SHL.
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